Residents are invited to public meetings across the county as part of a consultation to find out what health and wellbeing means to local people.
The consultation - which is being conducted by local organisations including Northamptonshire County Council and NHS clinical commissioning groups - will gather feedback on a draft health and wellbeing strategy which has been developed to set out how local organisations will be working together to achieve meaningful, healthier, longer lives for the people of Northamptonshire.
The draft strategy aims for Northamptonshire to be recognised as a national centre of excellence in the quality of its health and social care and commitment to wellbeing for the benefit of all by 2015.
There are two ways to get involved:
- Public meetings are being held across the county during October and November:
- Thursday 25th October at Kettering Corn Market Hall
- Thursday 25th October at Saxon Suite, Daventry Leisure Centre
- Wednesday 7th November at East Northamptonshire Council offices, Thrapston
- Wednesday 7th November at The Guildhall, Northampton
- Thursday 22nd November at The Cube, Corby
More details including times and contact details are available on the health and wellbeing consultation page.
Further meetings in other parts of the county will be confirmed soon. Information about the meetings is also available in local libraries.
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The draft strategy has been developed jointly between local organisations including Northamptonshire County Council, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, district and borough councils, LINk and the voluntary and community sector. Together these organisations make up the county’s Health and Wellbeing Board which is hosted by the county council and chaired by Councillor Robin Brown.
Cllr Brown said: “This draft strategy aims to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Northamptonshire. It sets out how organisations will work together to achieve meaningful, healthier, longer lives for local people, with a focus on eight key areas.
“Our next step is to hear people’s views on what good health and wellbeing means to them, and what areas they think we should work on. We will use this feedback to make sure the final strategy reflects what people have told us is important to them.”
The strategy is focused around eight key outcomes:
- Every child is safe and has the best start in life.
- People choose healthier lifestyles and have greater control over their health and wellbeing.
- Vulnerable adult and elderly people are safe and able to use services and support that helps them to live as independently as possible.
- Improve the health and wellbeing of those communities and individuals with the worst health in our county.
- These communities may be groups of people or certain geographic areas in the county.
- Health, social care and public health services worth together in all areas and services are joined up where people have both health and social care needs.
- The number of people experiencing emergency care is reduced.
- Social enterprises focussed on improving health and wellbeing operate successfully in communities across Northamptonshire.
- Led by the NHS and local authorities, employers throughout the county promote the health and wellbeing of their employees.